King Lear, National Theatre – What happens when a dictator looses everything?

Before I even begin my review of one of Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedy, I must disclose to being an absolute groupie of Sam Mendes.  I have followed his career from his beginning at the RSC, his work as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, on to his successful film-directing career and seen every production of his […]

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Fortune’s Fool, The Old Vic – What is man without dignity and integrity?

First staged at the Chichester Festival in 1996, Mike Poulton’s adaptation of Turgenev’s 1848 play finally comes to London in a beautiful production at The Old Vic.  We are in 19th-century Russia complete with samovar and servants.  As in Chekhov’s ”Cherry Orchard”, the servants are jolted out of their tranquillity and run ineffectively to and […]

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